We pursue distinguished intellectuals to be featured guests on Radio Free Kansas, Dr. Chalmers Johnson was a particularly good pursuit. He first canceled our email blasts when we put him on our general distribution list in an attempt to pique his curiosity. We replied with an invitation to appear as a special guest, he returned conditioning the appearance with a gentle request for operatic arias to be played when he appeared. What unfolded was a friendly relationship that lasted over the years... Topics: military, empire, imperialism, radio history, history, peace, war, kansas
Two broadcasts by Edward G. Murrow for CBS from London. The second is him in Trafalgar Square on August 24, 1940, as the air raid sirens wail to warn of Nazi bombing raids, and the first is him on Christmas Day. Topics: Edward Murrow, 1940 London, the Blitz, radio history
Description: Interview of Jo Emmett Jennings by Erv Rasmussen, conducted July 9, 1963. Jennings founded Jennings Radio in 1942, which was later sold in the 1960s to ITT. An abstract of the interview indicates that Jennings talked about his work at Eitel-McCullough between 1927 and 1941; starting Jennings Radio right as the U.S. entered World War II; wartime contracts for capacitors, condensers and vacuum tubes; and later work with vacuum switches. He also documents objects he donated to Douglas... Topics: californialightandsound, Rasmussen, Erwin A, Jennings, Jo, Radio--History Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1/4 inch audio tape
Kim Simpson, Jan Reid, and Bob Simmons discuss the history of American radio and the formatting revolution of the '60s and '70s. Simpson is the author of "Early '70s Radio: The American Format Revolution." Reid is the editor of Bill Young's "Dead Air: The rise and demise of music radio." Simmons reviewed both books for The Rag Blog. Kim Simpson, PhD, is a cultural historian, musician, writer, and radio show host. He hosts Sunday Folkways on Austin's KUT and The International... Topics: Rag Radio, Thorne Dreyer, Kim Simpson, Jan Reid, Bob Simmons, Radio History, Popular Culture
This episode finds us traveling back with Graham McNamee to the early days of radio broadcasting, with interviews, stories, and entertainment from when radio was young. Topics: Behind The Mike, Graham McNamee, Variety, Radio History, Old Time Radio, OTR
Description: Extended interview of radio engineer Haraden Pratt, who was an amateur operator in San Francisco in the early 1900s and studied engineering at U.C. Berkeley, where he built the university's first radio station in 1914. Pratt worked at Mare Island Navy Yard, as well as Federal Telegraph Company, as chief engineer in the 1920s. Morgan used source material from these interviews with Pratt for her book, "Electronics in the West," published in 1967. The interview covers... Topics: californialightandsound, Morgan, Jane, Pratt, Haraden, Telegraph, Wireless--History,... Source: 2 Tapes of 2: 1/4 inch audio tape
Bob Simmons has been a radio producer and personality, oil biz entrepreneur, video maker, voice talent, construction worker, newspaper publisher, writer, and sports editor. A self-styled “relic from the Jurassic age of hippies,” Simmons has a storied career in radio, where he was a pioneer in the underground format, and has been a producer and personality at legendary stations -- including KUT, KPFA, KSAN, KKSN, and KFAT -- in places like San Francisco, Austin, and Portland, Ore. -- and... Topics: Rag Radio, Thorne Dreyer, Bob Simmons, Radio History, Counterculture, Sixties, Austin, San Francisco
Chronicles Buttner's career in radio and electronics engineering, including his WWI work with the Naval Dept. on arc continuous wave generators; his work as an engineer with Bell Telephone Laboratories; and his subsequent associations with International Marine Radio Corp. (England), ITT, Federal Telecommunications Laboratories, and Hewlett-Packard. Also includes an account of his undergraduate career in electrical engineering at the University of California, Berkeley, and his association with... Topics: Hewlett-Packard Company, International Telephone and Telegraph Corporation, Litton Industries,...
Description: Interviews conducted by Erv Rasmussen and Douglas M. Perham at Perham's home in New Almaden, California, on June 14, 1963. Part 1: Wireless pioneer Archie Stevens was born in Litton, Iowa, and graduated Stanford University (1909). He discusses the earthquake in Palo Alto in 1906; working for Poulsen Wireless/Federal Telegraph Company as chief draftsman, designing and installing wireless stations in California, Oregon, Washington, and the Midwest. He left Poulsen/Federal with Cyril... Topics: californialightandsound, Rasmussen, Erv, Perham, Douglas M., Stevens, Archie M., Laird, Ken, San... Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1/4 inch audio tape
byInstitute of Radio Engineers. San Francisco Section.
Additional Title: Federal OpeningDescription: Recorded on Saturday, December 15, 1956, at the official opening of International Telephone and Telegraph Corporation’s Federal Telecommunications Laboratory in Palo Alto, California, under the direction of William S. Chaskin. To celebrate Federal’s “homecoming” to Palo Alto, a large group of Federal Telegraph Company employees gathered for a reunion. Production of the recording was undertaken by the Historical Committee of the Publications... Topics: californialightandsound, Patten, William R., Telegraph, Wireless--History, Radio--History,... Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1/4 inch audio tape
Description: Interview with former Federal Telegraph Company engineer Adrian L. Anderson, conducted July 25, 1963, at Douglas Perham’s residence in New Almaden, California. Anderson was born in Santa Cruz, California, in 1891, and was living in San Francisco at the time of the 1906 earthquake, which he describes in the interview. He studied mechanical engineering at Stanford University, and was hired by Federal Telegraph Company in 1916 while still in school. He taught at Montezuma High... Topics: californialightandsound, Rasmussen, Erwin A., Anderson, Adrian, San Francisco Earthquake and Fire,... Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1/4 inch audio tape
Additional Title: The Eimac Story; Charles Litton; Dr. Leonard FullerDescription: Interviews by Erv Rasmussen conducted in 1963. Part 1: a) Interview with William Eitel and Jack McCullough, founders of EIMAC, conducted at the EIMAC plant in San Carlos, California; b) Interview with Charles Litton, glassblower and vacuum tube maker, and founder of Litton Industries, conducted in Grass Valley, California. Part 2: Interview with Dr. Leonard F. Fuller, chief engineer of Federal Telegraph Company... Topics: californialightandsound, Rasmussen, Erwin A., Litton, Charles, Eitel, William, McCullough, Jack,... Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1/4 inch audio tape
This is a collection of 120 radio speeches by the noted American poet Ezra Pound. These controversial radio speeches were given while Pound was an expatriate in Italy during World War Two. Topics: Ezra Pound, Ezra Pound Speaking, radio speeches, World War Two, World War II, World War 2, history,...